Journal of Applied Sciences and Environmental Management

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Impact of Hypoxia on the Community Structure of Benthic Macroinvertebrates of Lagos Lagoon, Nigeria

Nkwoji Joseph Ahamefula


Study of the Lagos lagoon was conducted for two years to investigate the impact of hypoxia on the benthic  macroinvertebrates. Water and benthic samples were collected monthly along the study stretch and analysed in a standard laboratory. Temporal variation in water physico-chemistry was largely controlled by rainfall pattern while the spatial variation was influenced by proximity to the Harbour as well as the pollution sources and types. A total of 3,159 individuals comprising three phyla, five classes, nineteen families and twenty three species were recorded. Iddo I, Iddo II, Ogudu and Agboyi study stations recorded very low individuals, but relatively high number of polychaetes. Benthic macro- invertebrate community was dominated by the molluscs. Margalef’s index of species richness ranged from 0.79 to 2.57 while Shannon-Wiener index ranged from 0.40 to 2.19. Species evenness index ranged from 0.29 to 0.80. There was generally low biodiversity indicating the stressed nature of the study area. © JASEM

Keywords: Hypoxia, diversity, benthic, macroinvertebrates, lagoon
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